Name Elizabeth York
Where are you from
I am from Tennessee, but have lived all over.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up the daughter of two teachers. It was hard to get away with not doing homework in my house. I got married not long after my 18th birthday and that ended in divorce about as fast as it began. I stand by the motto “try before you buy,” when it comes to marriage. Had we spent any real time together not fighting my parents we would have seen we had nothing else in common. I don’t regret it because it led me to my current husband and three beautiful kids.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have written fifteen books that are unfinished. They were not the ones I wanted to debut. The book I am getting ready to release called “Surviving Brooklyn,” is my baby. I spent over a year on her and absolutely adore the story. It is a part one though the story is not done, I just haven’t figured out the ending.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing during college at first, but gave it up because I was a teenager and it took up a ton of time. Then I started it again in 2007 and have been trying ever since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t consider myself a writer. I might start looking at it that way when I see if my story is loved or hated.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a dream one night that I could not shake. It was months later I was still thinking about it. I sat down for a creative writing seminar and was told that I should copyright it and make it a story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t I can write first or third person, always with narration. I want my audience to feel what they feel and go where they go.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I actually had about ten different titles. This one just fit better with the book two title.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That anything is possible. “You always hope for the best while expecting the worst.”
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The story may have started as a dream but all the events in the book “could” happen in real life.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
James Patterson, Dan Brown, Sylvia Day, Lisa Renee Jones, Maya Banks, and Shayla Black as well as countless others. I have read all of their books and used their determination to get through my own book. I hope to write with one of them or all of them one day.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nothing at the moment. I have one book due in three days and another that still needs to go back to the editor. When I am done with that though I am sure I will find something out there.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Every author who tries their best captures my interest. It may not be what they wrote or how they wrote, but the fact that they don’t quit and keep trying is what draws me to them. I don’t even look twice at authors who give up.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Surviving Brooklyn is being edited. Wishing on the Water should be done in the next 3 days and then I want to finish Brooklyn’s Survival (book 2 of Surviving Brooklyn)
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I know I am supposed to answer outside of family members, but there is a person who is no longer with me that has been with me along the way. I lost my dad to cancer about 5 years ago. The inside of my books on the second dedication page has “Dear Daddy” notes. I start each book with a letter telling him where I am when the story starts and then I do a second paragraph when it’s done. Every time something good happens I want to write him another note, so I write another book.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is a career, but not my only career. I am aimed at law school and want to work on Capitol Hill one day.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would probably stretch out the events and put more detail to the events around the characters. I am working on that in book 2.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a kid I was always concocting stories and it just developed.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“I grabbed the railing and held on tight as I climbed up and sat on the fence. I stared up at the sky and saw the flicker of one little star. It was sending Morse code down from heaven only I didn’t understand Morse code so I was at a complete loss except to know that my mom was with me at that moment.
“Brook,” Mark called my name from behind me. “You’re not going to jump are you?” He asked softly. I could tell he was shaken from his phone call.
“And ruin my boots no way.” I smiled at him.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Is it hard to tell your story and ensure that your audience is along for the ride. You know where the characters are going. You know what is going to happen so you can see it in your mind. It is a challenge to make sure you cover every detail and don’t miss a step.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are too many to choose from.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Yes, I have seven more events this year (as of now) and am being booked into 2017.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is not writing the book it is getting over the fear of it. When you write a book you invest so much of yourself into it that by the time you are done it is part of you and you fear what people will think.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned the difference between self-published authors and company published authors. Did you know I emailed 25 New York Times Best Sellers for advice and only 3 returned my emails? I emailed 25 Indie Authors and they all responded to me. Being a self-published author keeps you more humble I believe.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep trying. It doesn’t matter if others love or hate your book. What matters is how you feel about it.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you don’t like the story then talk to the writer before going off on a review rampage. If you don’t tell us what we need to work on and only tell us you didn’t like it we can’t correct it in the next book.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
First book ever read was “Little Women.”
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband makes me laugh, just tonight he had me laughing till I was crying over a pickle.
I cry whenever I see videos or movies that are cancer related.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Everyone walks to the beat of a different drummer but if I had to choose one I would pick God. I would want to meet God and warn him about putting too many bad seeds down here. I would ask why he allows people to suffer. We already know what religion says, but I want to know from the man himself why.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
My grandfather has the most perfect saying on his and it is from an Irish proverb. I plan to use it as well.
“Beware my friend, as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be, Prepare my friends to follow me.”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Anything I can find to do to keep me busy. I fluctuate on activities so there isn’t just one or two hobbies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Big Bang Theory
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food is Watermelon. Not sure what it is but each book takes me to a new fruit and I snack while I write, currently it is Watermelon. My Favorite color is blue, almost a creamy gray mixed with light blue. I love all music so I can’t really pick a favorite. Although Theory of a Deadman is the one I most want to see.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I will finish law school one day.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?